“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
—Ernest Hemingway

Best writers are best readers.

Scientifically it is called mirror neurons. When you read a lot of good stuff, your mind starts to imitate the writers mind in your mind. Many writers experience this.

The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary.

J. K. Rowling

 

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”
—Samuel Johnson

 

“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.”
—Larry L. King, WD

 

“Style means the right word. The rest matters little.”
“Style is to forget all styles.”
—Jules Renard

 

“There is only one plot—things are not what they seem.”
—Jim Thompson

 

“I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.”
—William Carlos Williams

 

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”
—Elmore Leonard

 

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
—Mark Twain

 

“I almost always urge people to write in the first person. … Writing is an act of ego and you might as well admit it.”
—William Zinsser

 

“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.”
—Ernest Hemingway

 

“Writers live twice.”
—Natalie Goldberg

 

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